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It's a gloomy New Year's Day,
with flooding to the north.
The Dec. 26 all-you-can-eat
reindeer barbeque was a big success at Magnet Health Center. Rudolph's
nose tasted just like chicken, and I still have a warm glow in my
tummy. Now I'm trying elf-help therapy.
January 3 I visited San
Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, with stops at San Francisco Center
and Metreon along the way. Click here to see all
Dear de Bay Times, Dame
Edna called: “I hiked up Brokeback Mountain, Strangepossums, and crept
out on Ledger Knob. The view from the very tip is lovely. Then I
slipped into Gyllenhaal Ravine and slid all the way to the bottom!”
Dame E. was on The Tonight Show Dec. 23 in a dress that looked
like a Christmas
“And there just may be a present under here for you, Jay Leno!”
Beep beep! Love, Strange de Jim.
I had a letter in S.F. Bay
Times, 1/5/06: "Gift for Jay Leno":
Dear de Bay Times, Dame Edna called: “I hiked up Brokeback Mountain, Strangepossums, and crept out on Ledger Knob. The view from the very tip is lovely. Then I slipped into Gyllenhaal Ravine and slid all the way to the bottom!” Dame E. was on The Tonight Show Dec. 23 in a dress that looked like a Christmas tree: “And there just may be a present under here for you, Jay Leno!” Beep beep! Love, Strange de Jim.
Bree and her son Andrew
Jan. 8 on the season opener of Desperate
Housewives, Bree, looking out the window, sees her son Andrew
kissing his boyfriend Justin. The next morning she finds them naked in
bed. At the end of the show they have another passionate kiss. I think
it's the first time I've ever seen two guys who weren't ashamed kissing
on network tv.
The Rainbow Flag at Castro and
Market is so seldom limp that I snapped this photo.
The Skin Zone, which has operated
for thirty years at 575 Castro on the site of Harvey Milk's old camera
store, is going to internet-only. The shelves are nearly bare.
And another skin care products
store, Nancy Boy on Market between Castro and Noe, is moving to 347
Hayes. See www.nancyboy.com.
I've always enjoyed Nancy Boy's
slogan: "Tested on boyfriends - not animals."
To offset these closings, a
wonderful new Asian fusion restaurant named Malacca has opened at 4039
18th Street, between Hartford and Noe. It's been getting excellent
reviews, including my own. See www.malaccasf.com..
January 11 I toured the Ferry
Building, the Hyatt Embarcadero and the Crocker Galleria. For photos click here.
Cafe Flore is having a benefit
Full Moon Contest with a $100 prize for the best butt. Line forms to
San Francisco Examiner,
Christopher Caen’s column, 1/13/06 (after a paragraph about whether
author JT LeRoy is a fraud): Strange de Jim vehemently states that he
is not JT LeRoy. But he does know where Elvis is.
Dan Nicoletta treated me to Capote
and then dinner at Max's Opera Plaza. Here are the Opera Plaza lights.
I like these two Victorians on
Hill Street, between Castro and Noe.
Here's the view from a condo for
sale at 180 Corwin Street. See www.mcguire.com.
I like the spiral ramp on Portola
And the flag is flying proudly
again on Jan. 23.
On Jan. 24 it's much windier.
Here's the new Queen Malika Cafe
on 18th between Eureka and Douglass.
A peek in Queen Malika's door.
On the corner of 18th and
Douglass is the new Off
the Beading Path.
Friday, Jan. 27, I find the Cafe
Flore has gone all Chinese New Year.
Here's a shot from November of
Michael Brownstone dressed as Batman, picking up Catwoman Julie Newmar
at SFO in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. They proceeded to the Pacific
Heights mansion of her brother, Dr. John Newmeyer, for a fundraiser to
collect the $15,000 application fee to get Miss Julie a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame. (For photos of that party
Brownstone gave me the photo Jan.
27 at Harvey's, where he and John Newmeyer told me that a second
fundraising party in L.A. was so successful they've already submitted
the application to get Miss Julie her star on the Walk of Fame. Yay!
Here's my old pal Bob M. clapping
at the Cove Cafe's party to introduce its three new screens, which will
show the thousands of photos donated by customers over the past quarter
century. And if I could spell "hors d’oeuvres," I'd tell you how
delicious they were.
Here's Bob's husband, Phil D. at
Here I am in the middle of Bob
and Phil at their domestic partner commitment ceremony at City Hall in
And here I am next to the front
video screen, which is above a cute waiter and his friend. Mayor Gavin
Newsome and the State Assembly both sent proclamations honoring The
Cove for showing these historical photos.
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